Attract readers towards libraries Prof Lakshman Nandagiri
Bellevision Media Network
Mangalore, Aug 29, 2014: ‘In the changing information society, innovations are going on regularly. Libraries being the information centers are directly affected by these innovations. So, there are e-resources in the libraries and the services are reaching the users in the virtual way. So, to bring awareness of these new resources and services, it is the need of the hour to establish the ‘user centric libraries’ and attract the user community towards the libraries to make best use of the rich resources and services available in the libraries,’ said Professor Lakshman Nandagiri of applied mechanics and training officer, NITK, Suratkal, here.
Profesor Lakshman was speaking at the valedictory function of the UGC sponsored National level conference on the theme ‘Libraries and Librarianship in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities- LIBTRANS 2014’ held at Besant Evening College, here on Thursday August 28. The conference was organized in collaboration with Karnataka State College Librarians’ Association, Bangalore® and Dakshina Kannada & Kodagu Library Association, Mangalore®.
Professor Lakshman said that it is the wrong notion that due to the influence of laptop and internet, the visit to the libraries has come down. To attract the user community, the library staff should work as a team and the institutions should provide the required infrastructure and create the environment that should appeal users to visit the libraries again and again.
Professor Lakshman further said that we assumed that the theatres will be closed by the arrival of CDs. But it was not so. Similarly, even though we have laptops, the pleasure of reading in the libraries is totally a different experience.
Dr M K Bhandi, the Mangalore University librarian was another guests of honor, explained about the role of libraries in building the career of human beings and appreciated the college for taking the challenging task of organizing the National conference for which the theme is very opt in the changing information age. The vice-president of Women’s National Education Society, Mangalore Sri Annappa Nayak presided over the function and said that the libraries are the treasure houses of information; those should be maintained with at most care and the users should make use of the resources in an effective manner.
Karnataka State College Librarians’ Association president Dr Vijayaraj Kumar, general secretary Dr Mahesh Horkeri, joint secretary Dr Manjunath; treasurer Umesh and Dakshina Kannada & Kodagu Library Association president and director of the conference Dr Sujatha H R, general secretary Lokanath Poojary were present on the dais.
Besant College correspondent Nagar Narayan Shenoy was also present.
The students Pooja and group led the programme with an invocation. The College principal Dr Carmelita Goveas welcomed the gathering. Dr Vasappa Gowda, the organizing secretary of the conference expressed his gratitude to all for the success of the conference. Yashaswini compered the programme. The programme concluded with the national anthem.